There are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration when finding the perfect bathtub for you and your home. Some aspects to consider are the location and physical space where the bathtub will be placed, the type of bathtub wanted and if special features such as whirlpool jets, lights and sounds are needed. Essentially it is important to have some upfront knowledge beforehand in order to make the best choice for your dream tub.
Easy to install because they are unconnected to any wall or other surface. A larger bathroom is required to accommodate the size of the tub as well as the space around the tub so the user can get in and out on any side. These bathtubs tend to be more expensive than the rest (up to $2,000) and require exposed plumbing. Included in this category are claw, ball, pedestal and more. If you’re looking for an antique looking bathtub the clawfoot is the ideal choice.
These bathtubs are also known as the alcove tubs. Alcove bathtubs are the easiest and cheapest to install and it is known as the general type of tub that many of us grew up with. A standard alcove is usually 60 inches long but can range from 53 to 72 inches long. The alcove fits into a three-walled enclosure that can be used as a tub and can easily be configured to include a shower. Alcove bathtubs are typically the cheapest type of bathtub costing $500-$600.
In order to save space these bathtubs are installed in the corner of the bathroom. These bathtubs are for luxury and not so much practicality such as for bathing a baby. Corner tubs are large, therefore leaving enough space for multiple people to bath in. The downsides however of these bathtubs are their hefty price tag, large mount of water needed to fill them and lack of showerhead.
In order to have this type of bathtub extra work is required to install a deck or peninsula where the bathtub will be placed. These bathtubs are usually installed in open areas but can also be installed as an alcove tub. Platform/Drop in tubs are a larger investment due to the extra installment needed but the bathtubs themselves typically cost $500-$600. On the plus side they are easier to clean and more versatile in they’re placement possibilities.
It is important to remember that a house is not a home. A house is just the structure of the building itself where as a home is where someone goes to feel safe and relaxed. A home should make you and your guests feel comfortable. If your current house doesn’t reflect the characteristics of a true home, then it may be time to upgrade by pursing a home renovation. To renovate means turning your house into a home and your favourite place to be! Below are the top types of renovations both partial and full that will give you the best return on investment (ROI).
RENOVATE YOUR Kitchen FROM THE 80’S
A kitchen can be cramped, unorganized and even worse stuck in the 1980’s. Yet kitchens can give you the biggest return on investment far beyond other rooms in your house. In order to beautify your kitchen it’s important to think about the colour scheme. A kitchen stuck in the eighties tends to have a white on white look that can be boring and dingy. Make sure when selecting colours you think colourful paint, contemporary cabinets, stainless steel appliances and sink and new light fixtures to give it a fresh and modern feel. If you have a tight budget and can only renovate partially make small changes such as adding a tile or stone backsplash or changing the hardware on your current kitchen cabinets. If you have a large kitchen with a sufficient amount of space add an island to make your kitchen more functional.
spruce up your old Bathroom
Your bathroom should embody cleanliness and be bright and spa like. Comparable to a kitchen renovation, major bathroom renovations can be costly (up to $20,000) but offer an excellent return on investment. If everything needs to be updated in your bathroom such as the bathtub, vanity, tiles, sink and anything else, it will be well worth it to make a plan to gut it and redo the whole space. However if you’re looking for a less expensive way (i.e. under $3,000) to make changes to your bathroom you can do things like limit the amount of tiles used and use more paint instead, update fixtures such as sinks faucets and towel racks and lastly buy on clearance as stores are always trying to sell off last years cabinets or bathtubs.
FIX THAT LEAKING Roof
When it comes to roofing, it is important to have a good roof to keep out water and moisture in order to protect your overall property. High winds, heavy rain, hail storms and snowfall all take a toll on a roof hence leaving it unable to properly serve its function. If a roof hasn’t been updated in years and is damaged, it can have negative curb appeal and cause the purchase price to decline.
SLAP SOME Paint ON IT
If you don’t want to spend a lot, painting will freshen up a room and may be the cheapest and, perhaps, the most effective way to give your room a new look. Make sure to invest in high quality paint with a satin finish in order to help resist the growth of mold and mildew. Keep in mind that painting may seem easy but it does require a lot of time, patience and of course painters tape.
upgradE YOUR OUTDATED Flooring
If you don’t have hardwood floors, get them. The reason for this is because hardwood floors for one thing they look amazing, they are timeless and overall they are durable. Hardwood floors are what people look for when buying a property. If you have a budget there are other options available such as laminate, which is a great alternative to hardwood. Regardless of what you choose, beautiful new flooring can bring life to a space and add an instant updated look.
Brighten up your kitchen cabinets by using a lush green or a cool blue, mix it up by combining two colours or stay in the classic neutral zone with whites or blacks. Whatever the colour may be it is important for you to pick the perfect kitchen cabinet colour in order for your kitchen to stand out. Therefore we’ve assembled some current kitchen cabinet colour trends for inspiration for you to find the ultimate kitchen cabinet colour you’ve always dreamt of.
1) Cool Blues
Light blue colours are a great way to add a fresh and clean look to your kitchen without going overboard. Blue is a cheery alternative to white cabinets and add a soothing feel to the space while pairing well with white or grey accents such as a marble counter tops or a white kitchen sink. Overall light blues are versatile and easy to live with.
2) Classic Whites and Off-Whites
White cabinets are timeless and add elegance and simplicity to a kitchen. The white colour opens up a space and gives the room a positive aura. White cabinets offer greater flexibility in design and can blend into anything whether modern or contemporary. White also is an easy colour to match with islands, kitchen appliances or wall colours.
3) Going Green
Whether you choose a vibrant lime green to add a tropical yet modern spin to your kitchen or a subtler lush green to denote healthiness and calmness green is a wonderful colour to add to any kitchen space. To complete the look use a white backsplash or wall and sleek stainless steel appliances.
4) Black is Back
Black can be an intimidating colour to use at first, however when done well as either an accent colour of a few cabinets or all of them, it can add a sophisticated and timeless look to your kitchen. In order to give your kitchen a lighter feel use a grey or white countertop to add contrast to your cabinets or use bright colours such as yellow for your kitchen accessories.
5) Colour Blocking
Colour blocking has been a favourite among designers in order to liven up a neutral scheme and help a space stand out. In order to do this technique you can either play with shades from the same colour family, mix up different types of woods or if you can’t decide on one or two colours use multiple ones. Colour blocking is a great way to revamp a kitchen.